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The Telecom Digest for Wed, 05 Jun 2019
Volume 38 : Issue 156 : "text" format

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Apple is building a major defense against spam calls into iOS 13Monty Solomon
Trump calls for AT&T boycott over CNN 'fake news' coverage Bill Horne
New York's Privacy Bill Is Even Bolder Than California's Monty Solomon
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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Message-ID: <381F80AB-E3E6-41A1-827E-AC728C61D72B@roscom.com> Date: 4 Jun 2019 01:55:02 -0400 From: "Monty Solomon" <monty@roscom.com> Subject: Apple is building a major defense against spam calls into iOS 13 Apple is taking a new step to combat spam calls in iOS 13. Today, you can already install third-party spam call screeners on your iPhone, but if that's not good enough (or something you don't want to do), iOS 13 will add a new solution this fall: it will be able to automatically silence any calls coming in from an unknown number. Even better, it'll automatically send them to voicemail. The new "silence unknown callers" option can be toggled on or off based on your preference, but I'm thinking most people will enable it right after updating and leave it that way. The feature is explained on this page of what's new in iOS 13. https://www.theverge.com/2019/6/3/18651361/apple-ios-13-spam-calls-silence-unknown-callers ***** Moderator's Note ***** Spam prevention is, and always be, an arms race. This capability will slow down the callers for a few weeks, and then they'll pay for the linked lists that show the phone numbers of your children, barber, mechanic, minister or Rabbi, etc., etc. The solution to spam calls is the same one I've advocated for years: answer the call, and do everything you can to waste the time of a real human. Everything else is just talk, but the warm bodies have to be paid with real money, and if even a small percentage of victims fought back, the industry would be out of business inside a year. Bill Horne Moderator ------------------------------ Message-ID: <20190604015844.GA2927@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Tue, 4 Jun 2019 01:58:44 +0000 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: Trump calls for AT&T boycott over CNN 'fake news' coverage The US president is once again lashing out at the cable news giant on Twitter as he lands in London for an official state visit. By Marguerite Reardon President Donald Trump once again took to Twitter to complain that CNN's coverage of him is "unfair." But this time, he called on his supporters to boycott wireless and broadband giant AT&T, which owns CNN. "I believe that if people stoped using or subscribing to @ATT, they would be forced to make big changes at @CNN, which is dying in the ratings anyway," Trump tweeted. "It is so unfair with such bad, Fake News! Why wouldn't they act. When the World watches @CNN, it gets a false picture of USA. Sad!" https://www.cnet.com/news/trump-calls-for-at-t-boycott-over-cnn-fake-news-coverage/ -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly) ------------------------------ Message-ID: <139E21B0-A225-405D-B62A-5534D67F9AA7@roscom.com> Date: 4 Jun 2019 12:47:49 -0400 From: "Monty Solomon" <monty@roscom.com> Subject: New York's Privacy Bill Is Even Bolder Than California's The New York Privacy Act bears some similarity to the California law. Like the CCPA, it would allow people to find out what data companies are collecting on them, see who they're sharing that data with, request that it be corrected or deleted, and avoid having their data shared with or sold to third parties altogether. https://www.wired.com/story/new-york-privacy-act-bolder/ ***** Moderator's Note ***** I'll lay 5-to-1 odds that this bill will pass just before the elections, with endless fanfare - and will be quitly gutted a few days after. Any takers? Bill Horne Moderator ------------------------------ ********************************************* End of telecom Digest Wed, 05 Jun 2019

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